NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at LA Lakers
(Sunday, December 7th)
Final Score: LA Lakers 105, Milwaukee 92
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Kobe Bryant scored 20 points, more than all five of Milwaukee's starters combined, as the Los Angeles Lakers blew past the Bucks, 105-92, at the Staples Center.
Derek Fisher added 19 points and five steals for the Lakers, who won for a third straight time and moved to 17-2 this season, equaling the best start to a campaign in team history. Bryant, who went 6-of-13 from the field, also had a season-high eight assists. Andrew Bynum contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds.
"We've still got to decide how to play 48 minutes, no matter who is on the floor," said Fisher. "We'll take this win. I'm not going to complain about a win on our home court."
Milwaukee's five starters totaled just 18 points, including two from Michael Redd on 1-of-6 shooting. Malik Allen, Richard Jefferson, Andrew Bogut, Luke Ridnour and Redd combined to go 8-for-28 from the field.
Joe Alexander had 15 points to pace Milwaukee, which had a two-game win streak broken. Luc Mbah a Moute had 14 points in defeat as the Bucks lost their fourth straight road game.
"We weren't ready, obviously," said Bucks coach Scott Skiles. "We came out flat. We didn't shoot the ball well in the first half. We went to the bench to see if we could get anything going and we couldn't."
Bryant's technical free throw extended the Lakers to a 20-10 lead with under four minutes left in the opening quarter, and it was 24-16 going to the second.
Los Angeles continued to hold a sizeable lead going toward the half. Two free throws from Pau Gasol made it 38-24, and Bryant's jumper in the final minute moved the margin to 43-31 at intermission.
The Bucks fell further behind in the third. Gasol's layup made it 59-35 with 8:07 left in the period, and the hosts carried a 74-54 lead going to the fourth.
Milwaukee made one final push, getting within 101-87 on Francisco Elson's bucket, but that was with nearly 1 1/2 minutes left, too late for a comeback.
The Bucks have lost seven of their last eight road games vs. the Lakers...LA has won 12 of the last 15 meetings...The most wins ever accrued by the Lakers before their third loss came in the 1985-86 season, when the Lakers started the season with a 19-2 record...Gasol had 12 points and nine rebounds...Vladimir Radmanovic scored 11 for the Lakers...The Bucks shot 38 percent from the field...LA had 25 turnovers.
12/08 00:52:20 ET